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Li-Fang Peng, Yong Zhang, Song Huang, Frank T. Burbrink, Jin-Min Chen, Mian Hou, Yi-Wu Zhu, Hang Yang, Ji-Chao Wang. A new snake species of the genus Gonyosoma Wagler, 1828 (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Hainan Island, China. Zoological Research, 2021, 42(4): 487-491. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2021.085
Citation: Li-Fang Peng, Yong Zhang, Song Huang, Frank T. Burbrink, Jin-Min Chen, Mian Hou, Yi-Wu Zhu, Hang Yang, Ji-Chao Wang. A new snake species of the genus Gonyosoma Wagler, 1828 (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Hainan Island, China. Zoological Research, 2021, 42(4): 487-491. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2021.085

A new snake species of the genus Gonyosoma Wagler, 1828 (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Hainan Island, China

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2021.085
#Authors contributed equally to this work
Funds:  This study was funded by the Postdoctoral Research Program of the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Anhui Province (2020B422), Doctoral Research Starting Foundation of Anhui Normal University (752017), Open Foundation of Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Ecology of Tropical Islands (HNSF-OP-202001), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (31471968)
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  • A new species of the genus Gonyosoma Wagler, 1828 is described herein based on six specimens from the Diaoluoshan Mountains, Hainan Island, Hainan Province, China. The new species, Gonyosoma hainanense sp. nov. , is most similar to its continental sister species, Gonyosoma boulengeri (Mocquard, 1897). Both taxa have a scaled protrusion on the anterior portion of the rostrum, distinct from other congeners. However, Gonyosoma hainanense sp. nov. can be distinguished from G. boulengeri by two significant morphological characters: (1) black orbital stripe absent in adults (vs. present in G. boulengeri); and (2) two loreals (vs. one loreal in G. boulengeri). The new species is also genetically divergent and forms a unique clade from its sister species and all other congeners based on sequences of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome b (cyt b).
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